Two years ago when Misbahul Haq was made captain of the cricket team, fans thought he wouldn’t be able to survive more than a year as a batsmen. Misbah was 37 at the time, and after the World Cup, he didn’t have many fans, but his true fans had believed in him. Particularly after the Champions trophy, people thought Misbah would be calling it quits.

At the end of 2013 who would have thought that the now 39 year old captain would have made such rapid strides. Who would have thought that during our most difficult times everyone else and his critics would be relying on him to help Pakistan fight back? Who would have thought that this 39 year old would be getting the nomination for the ICC ODI cricketer of the year award? No one knows until how long he will play, but let’s hope this fairy tale also has a fairy tale ending with Captain Misbahul Haq carrying the 2015 World Cup trophy in Melbourne!

MOHAMMAD SHAH RUKH KHALID,

Rawalpindi, December 28.